by Kelley Armstrong
Review by Gayle Surrette
Subterranean Press ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596062467
Date: 01 Dec 2009
Eve Levine is about as far from angelic as a person can get. After all, she's a master of the dark arts and she's dead. But that didn't stop the Fates from choosing her as one of their celestial bounty hunters to handle problems with demi-demons and hell bound souls and whatever else the Fates wanted done.
There were rules, lots of them, and Eve never was good at following rules. It was what got her in trouble during her lifetime and even after. But the Fates wanted results and Eve got the job done; but she was tired of lying about how she got those results, and never having any time to herself -- and more to the point time with Kristof. So, when the Fates interrupted her planned vacation with Kristof with another job that she was not allowed to refuse, Eve decided to break all the rules and get fired.
But there's a difference between being a rogue and a rule-breaker, and being a person who takes joy in doing evil. The Fates chose Eve to wear the angelic sword and work for good because her nature is one that is compatible with order, right, and justice. Or was it? Even Eve didn't know herself that well. This job just might be the one that puts her out of a job she didn't want anyway.
Or, this could be the job where Eve has to face her inner demons and learn just what kind of a person she really is. The action is nearly constant as Eve works to discover just what is going on, who is behind it, why she doesn't think things are what they seem, and why that bothers her.
I like books that are more than just a straight story, but also make you think about some of the bigger questions of life -- justice, duty, good, evil, and the shades of grey we all live with each day. You can enjoy the story because it's well told and engaging, but you can also use it to think about the buried and bigger questions behind the plot. There are no answers here--just a story that makes you think.
That's a lot to put in 104 pages, but Kelley Armstrong does it amazingly well. There are many books that are three times the length and half the entertainment value -- but that's just my opinion.